Today is the last day for early bird ticket prices $99 for general admission.
After today the price for general admissions jumps to $125. Rock the Bayou will take place August 29th – September 1st in Houston, Texas
The following bands are now on the bill for Rock the Bayou:
Bud Light Stage Bands:
Black ‘N Blue
Pretty Boy Floyd
There are also two additional stages with local and national bands;
Check out RocktheBayou.com for more information.
Jani Lane’s side project has finally seen the light of day, and has been released by Warrior Records. The timing of this release is kind of odd, with Jani recently reuniting with his former band, Warrant.
Nonetheless, The Saints of the Underground new disc is here, and I believe that this is Jani Lane’s most solid effort since the Warrant CD, Dog Eat Dog from 1992.
On this disc, you get two cover songs and eight original tunes. The first is American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. SOTU has increased the tempo on this song by a half step or so, and I like their version quite a bit, although it is very true to the original.
The second cover song is Moonlight Mile by the Rolling Stones. I didn’t really care for the Stones’ version of this song, and SOTU didn’t do anything to improve upon it. Their version is o.k. but It seems like an odd song for them to cover, especially when the Rolling Stones have so many great upbeat songs in their catalog.
The opening track, Dead Man Shoes sounds like a lost Warrant hit from the early 90’s. I like this tune a lot. Tomorrow Never Comes is another solid tune, and a good follow up to keep the pace going on this record. Good Times has a decent intro, which gave me high hopes for this song. It is a mid tempo number that came across as semi-average tune. It took a few listens for me to get into this tune more. I wish they would have made this one a little heavier, but it is, what it is.
The song Exit, didn’t really excite me too much. This sounds like an extra tune that was cut off of a Warrant album. Just when I was starting to lose faith in this record, Signs of Life came at exactly the right time. This tune has a heavier edge that some of the other songs on this record are lacking. It is a cool tune.
Bobby Blotzer’s drums stand out a little more to me, on the tune Bruised. I like the music on this tune, a lot more than the lyrics. Jimmy is a solid closer for this album. This song has a guitar lick that reminds me a whole lot of some old Thin Lizzy tunes.
All in All, Saints of the Underground have released a pretty good CD for the most part. Their are a couple of weak spots, but there are great songs here too.
Warrant and Jani Lane fans will eat this record up! For more information on Saints of the Underground, and to preview six of the songs from Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner, please visit the SOTU myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
Saints of the Underground is:
Jani Lane – Vocals
Bobby Blotzer – Drums
Robby Crane – Bass
Kerri Kelli – Guitars
Ratt front man Stephen Pearcy has announced the following Tour Dates:
Sat 04/26/08 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
Sun 04/27/08 Aurora, CO Illiff Park Saloon
Tue 04/29/08 Green Bay, WI Club Toxic
Thu 05/01/08 Chillicothe, OH Cardo’s
Fri 05/02/08 California, MD Hula’s
Sat 05/03/08 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
Sun 05/04/08 Factoryville, PA Trailside Inn
Mon 05/05/08 Parma, OH The Jigsaw
Wed 05/07/08 Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey
Thu 05/08/08 Albany, NY Jack Rabbit Slim’s
Fri 05/09/08 Rochester, NY Montage Live Music Hall
Sat 05/10/08 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
Sun 05/11/08 Yonkers, NY The Haunt
Tue 05/13/08 Johnson City, TN The Crowbar
Thu 05/15/08 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
Sat 05/17/08 New Port Richey, FL Bourbon Street Nightclub
Mon 05/19/08 Jackson, MS Club Fire
Tue 05/20/08 Texarkana, AR Shooter’s
Wed 05/21/08 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Fri 05/23/08 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
appearing at “South Texas Rock Fest”
Sat 07/12/08 Boerne, TX Javelina Harley-Davidson
Saints of the Underground — Real-Life Guitar Heroes … Platinum-Selling Artists … Newest Super Group (by way of Ratt, Warrant and Alice Cooper) — Ready to Rock With Debut CD, “Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner”
Saints of the Underground, Created by Members of Mega-Groups Ratt, Warrant, and Alice Cooper, Will Explode Onto the Music Scene in April With Their Debut CD Entitled, “Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner”
LOS ANGELES, CA – Ratt, Warrant, Alice Cooper — the roots of rock’s newest super group, Saints of the Underground. You can call them S.O.T.U.
S.O.T.U. — drummer Bobby Blotzer and bassist Robbie Crane (Ratt), vocalist Jani Lane (Warrant) and guitarist Keri Keli (Alice Cooper) — are set to rock the charts April 22 with their debut CD, “Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner” — mixed by Andy Johns, whose credits include Stones and Zeppelin.
A music business that enjoys increasing sales of Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games, is already hearing significant buzz about S.O.T.U.’s premiere effort — written and produced by Jani, Bobby, and Keri — which features tracks such as “Dead Man Shoes,” “All in How You Wear It,” “Signs of Life,” as well as a mesmerizing take on the Stones classic, “Moonlight Mile.”
“With more than six decades of combined experience, S.O.T.U. represents classic hard rock with current elements of today’s rock genre,” said Kelli.
The band came about, as so many bands do, unexpectedly. The four musicians were covering tunes together for fun during down time from their other bands — and what do you know, chemistry called and they evolved into a creative partnership that started to turn out original songs.
“For me, S.O.T.U. was like when a Monty Python skit stops abruptly and you hear a voice over say, ‘and now for something completely different,'” said Lane. “I was in a very slow and boring rut when I got a call from the guys. It really got the creative juices flowing again … and some other juices too!”
S.O.T.U. laid down drums and bass tracks at Blotzer’s Diamond Recording Studios in Texas, and then overdubbed guitars and vocals at Kelli’s studio in California.
Courtesy of Marketwire.com
Saints of the Underground, the hard rock project featuring Jani Lane (Warrant), Robbi Crane (RATT), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper) and Bobby Blotzer (RATT), is about to see the light of day! The new disc, Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner will be released to retailers on April 22, 2008.
You can preview the new songs below!
You can pre-order the new CD through Warrior Records at this link!
If you were to ask me what my favorite CD’s of 1984 were, my response would likely be, Van Halen’s 1984, Iron Maiden’s Powerslave, Judas Priest’s Defenders of the Faith, Metallica’s Ride the Lightning, and RATT’s Out of the Cellar. There are probably quite a few others that I am forgetting about. My point is, 1984 was an awesome year for hard rock. In the case of RATT’s Out of the Cellar, this is certainly one of the biggest releases of ’84.
This disc is RATT’s first full length record, and it is a damn good one. With a little help from MTV, the band gained success quickly with their video Round and Round. This song went on to become a hit, and Out of the Cellar ended up with 4 more hits, Wanted Man, Back For More, Lack of Communication and I’m Insane.
Stephen Pearcy’s raspy vocal delivery was unlike anyone at the time, and combined guitar efforts of Warren De Martini and Robbin Crosby were second to none. Whether you have ever liked RATT or not, you can not deny, that Out of the Cellar is the bands’ best release ever.
The band may not be creating new tunes in 2008, but Out of the Cellar stands up well today, and is an instant classic. This CD should be in the hands of every rock fan on the planet.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Wanted Man
2. You’re In Trouble
3. Round And Round
4. In Your Direction
5. She Wants Money
6. Lack Of Communication
7. Back For More
8. The Morning After
9. I’m Insane
10. Scene Of The Crime
Stephen Pearcy – Vocals
Robbin Crosby – Guitars
Warren De Martini – Guitars
Juan Croucier – Bass
Bobby Blotzer – Drums
Saints of the Underground will be out in April on Warrior Records!
The project featuring Jani Lane from Warrant, Bobby Blotzer and Robbi Crane from Ratt and Keri Kelli from the Alice Cooper band.
I have seen quite a few live shows in 2007. The following are my favorites from 2007.
5. Vains of Jenna, RATT, Poison
VOJ put on a good show, RATT was a little disappointing, and Poison was the best I have ever seen them live. This show was well worth the money.
4. Jani Lane
I wasn’t sure to expect when I saw Jani Lane’s solo band perform last summer. Jani’s voice was in top form, and he sounded great. The star of the show in this concert was 17 year old wunderkind, Dario Lorina. This young guitarist is going to be a force to be reckoned with before long.
3. Frank Hannon and Winger
Frank Hannon opened up for Winger with his solo band back in February. I gained a whole lot of new respect for Frank on this day. His set consisted primarily of Tesla tunes, and a few songs off of his solo CD. It was an amazing set, and quite frankly (no pun intended), him and his band, blew Winger off the stage. Winger was pretty good too, but Frank Hannon in my eyes stole the show on this night.
2. Black Stone Cherry and Jackyl
Black Stone Cherry has been one of my favorite bands for a while now, and getting to see them for free is always a bonus. With Jackyl being on the same bill, this became a must attend event. The boys from BSC delivered the goods, but their performance was surpassed by Jackyl.
I have seen Jackyl several times, but I have never seen the band put on a show like this. Jesse James Dupree was in rare form, as it was his birthday, and the whole band was killer on this night.
1. Megadeth and Heaven and Hell
I have seen Megadeth several times over the years, but this was my first experience seeing Black Sabbath live in any incarnation. Dave Mustaine and company were great, but simply got blown off the stage by Black Sabbath. Ronnie James Dio proved once again why he is one of the best singers in Metal today. A fantastic show that I would pay to see again!
2008 is already proving to have a very busy concert schedule.
The following acts are heading my way, and this is only through March.
Z02 and L.A. Guns (Phil Lewis Version)
Cinder Road with Tesla
It is going to be another great year of rock in 2008!
The following videos were taken at The Antidivision, Jetboy and Stephen Pearcy, XXXmas tour in Columbus, Ohio, 12/4/2007
You can read about the show here.
I hope you enjoy the videos below!
Jetboy performing Bad Disease
Jetboy performing Heavy Chevy
Jetboy performing Groove Tube
Stephen Pearcy performing Round and Round
Pearcy Performing Judas Priest’s You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
Pearcy performing Way Cool Jr.
Pearcy performing Lay It Down and Your In Love